Indian classical dance has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavor. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. Exponents of the Indian classical dance believe that it has the caliber of creating a new and disciplined lifestyle. The Indian Classical Dance is often regarded as the form of worship and meditation. The performers of Indian Classical Dance, despite of the background and forms, have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the World stage. It has helped in ending the erstwhile artistic isolation. Here, in the following lines, we provide the profile and biography of those great artists who made the country proud.
Mallika Sarabhai, a multifaceted personality, is a noted Kuchipudi and
Bharatnatyam dancer. She has immensely contributed to the fields of
acting, writing and publishing. She is a social activist and has
participated in many socio-developmental projects initiated by the
United Nations. Mallika Sarabhai has also received the "French
Palme D'or'', the highest civilian award of France.
Pandit Birju Maharaj
Birju Maharaj is a leading exponent and torch-bearer of the
Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Lucknow. He is the only son and disciple of
Shri Achhan Maharaj and is a familiar face of Indian Kathak dance all
over the world. He has performed in almost all the countries of the
Rukmini Devi Arundale
Rukmini Devi Arundale was a reputed dancer and choreographer of
Bharatnatyam, an Indian classical dance form. Her charismatic
personality and contribution to the renaissance of Indian Classical
music attained her niche in the arena of Indian culture. It is believed
that Rukmini Devi had declined the chair of the President of India, once
offered by Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister of India.
Narayan is a Kathak Maestro and an outstanding dancer. She is an
incarnation of the great artistic and social traditions of India. She
created a new and innovative style of performing arts by enriching it
with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions.
Sonal Mansingh is an eminent Indian classical dancer and a leading
exponent of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Chhau. Besides being a dancer,
Sonal Mansingh is a well-known choreographer, teacher, orator and a
social activist. For her contributions in the field of "Classical
dancing" she has received accolades from many national and
Uday Shankar initiated a unique movement of revival of classical dances
in 1930. Though he had no formal training in any classical form, his
presentations were creative. Uday Shankar used the essence of various
traditions and techniques in his dance dramas and succeeded in
presenting an integrated composition.
Yamini 'Poornatilaka' Krishnamurthy, better known as Yamini
Krishnamurthy is a renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dancer. She is
also considered as the torch-bearer of the Kuchipudi form of dance. She
started her career with a dance performance in 1957, at the age of